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Edwin Bruce Daily


Group commander 9 Feb 1945 for Altenbeken mission. Group commander on 27 Feb, 1945 Leipzig, Germany mission and 4 March, 1945 on Ulm, Germany mission. Group Commander on 14 March 1945 on Vlotho, and Osnabruk, Germany mission and 21 March 1945 on Rheine A/F, Germany mission and 28 March, 1945 on Berlin mission. 5 April 1945 to Grafonwehr, Germany, 10 April 1945 to Oranienburg, Germany, and 15 April 1945 to Fort Royan, France.

Daily had earned an Air Medal for his flying on 6 June 1944.

Special award: 27 June 1944: Major, Air Corps, for extraordinary achievement while serving as Air Commander of a Combat Bombardment Wing of B-17s on a bombing mission over Germany on 20 June 1944. On this date he assembled elements of the Wing formation and proceeded on course for the objective. Anti-aircraft fire affected some of his most important instruments so he was forced to relinquish command due to mechanical difficulties. The operation was carried out with a high degree of success. 'The exemplary actions of Major Daily contributed in large measure to the excellent results achieved. The courage, coolness and skill displayed by Major Daily reflected the highest credit upon himself. '
He stayed on in the Air Force and served as base commander at Dyess Texas AFB and Warren Wyoming AFB.



  • John Hahn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co pilot | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Derben mission 8-Apr-45 in B-17 44-8811 hit in tail by direct flak hit, skills of both pilots required to return the A/C to base for crash landing, directional control was by control of engines only.

  • Wallace Kasch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 398th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 600BS, 398BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Derben Germany. A/C B-17G 44-8811 hit by flak over target, carrying most of the tail and the tail gunner (minus chute) away. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 13869. ...

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Units served with

  • 398th Bomb Group

    398th Bomb Group

    The 398th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire on strategic bombing raids over Germany. The Group switched focus in the days before D-Day, when they targeted enemy positions on the Cherbourg peninsula. When the Allies...

  • 600th Bomb Squadron
  • Headquarters (398th Bomb Group)


  • 44-8811

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 3/1/45; Hunter 16/1/45; Grenier 28/1/45; Assigned 600BS/398BG H2X [N8-C] Nuthampstead 30/3/45; battle damaged Halberstadt 8/4/45, tail shot away with tail gunner S/Sgt Wallace E Kasch, with Lts Dailey & Hahn and crash landed back at...

Associated Place

  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...


Event Location Date
Born California, USA 3 June 1915
Lived in Santa Clara, CA, USA 14 July 1941
Enlisted Moffett Federal Airfield, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA 14 July 1941
Based Nuthampstead 1945
Died Sacramento, CA, USA 21 December 2002


Date Contributor Update
31 October 2021 10:50:30 Helen Changes to biography

Flak News April 2003

Date Contributor Update
17 July 2020 16:05:42 Hotelie1970 Changes to service number and awards

General Order 594 from Headquarters 1st Bombardment Division, Office of the Commanding General, by Command of Brigadier General Turner, dated 7 December 1944.

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 15:51:38 Lucy May Changes to events

Enlistment record:

Social Security Death Index:

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 15:45:20 Lucy May Changes to nickname, service number, role, biography, events and unit associations

Combined three entries for Edwin Bruce Daily into a single entry. Now includes information from the following sources:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mention in Hell from Heaven: Memoirs of a WW II B-17 Bombardier by Leonard Streitfeld p.160; 398th History, Vol II
398th History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:42 AAM AAM ingest

398th BG History; Fortress Over Nuthampstead, pg 9, 10 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia